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Issue #10, October 2002

State Judge Grants Class Certification to Individuals Who Suffered Oxycontin WIthdrawal

A lawsuit filed on behalf of Ohio residents who suffered from addiction and withdrawal symptoms associated with the prescription painkiller Oxycontin has been granted class certification by a state judge.


Federal Judge Decides Trovan Class Action Would Be Better Litigated in Nigeria

A putative class action filed by the parents and guardians of children who were alledgedly injured as a result of Pfizer's experimental administration of Trovan is better suited for litigation in Nigeria, a federal judge ruled.


Plaintiffs Claim Manufacturers Did Not Provide Scientific Evidence to Justify Motion for Reconsideration

Attorneys for the plaintiffs involved in a class action against the manufacturers of Paxil argue that GlaxoSmithKline's motion for reconsideration is not justified because it does not contain any new scientific evidence from the FDA that proves the drug i


FDA Claims That Request for Preliminary Injunction Is Preempted by Federal Law

The FDA has requested that a federal judge reject a recent request for a preliminary injunction to stop Paxil manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline from airing ads that claim the drug is habit forming because it is preempted by federal law, and because the agency


Statewide Class Action Filed by Individuals Who Allegedly Suffered Withdrawal Symptoms from Paxil

Two Louisiana residents filed a statewide class action on behalf of residents who suffered from withdrawal symptoms as a result of reducing or terminating their use of the antidepressant Paxil.


Meridia Manufacturer Claims Louisiana Clinic is Fraudulently Joined, Files Notice of Removal

The manufacturer of the weight loss drug Meridia filed a notice to remove a products liability case to federal court claiming that a Louisiana health clinic was fraudulently joined to defeat diversity jurisdiction.


Florida Class Action Claims Metabolife Failed to Warn Consumers and Physicians

Three Florida women filed a statewide class action against Metabolife International, Inc., claiming that the supplement manufacturer failed to adequately warn consumers and physicians regarding the potential health hazards associated with Metabolife 356.


Widow Claims Supplement Maker and Energy Drink Manufacturer Responsible for Husband's Death

The widow of a professional indoor football player who collapsed last year after a game has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Up Your Gas sports supplements and Red Bull energy drink claiming that the products were defective in design and cause


Judge Rules Plaintiffs Fraudulently Joined<br> Sales Representatives, Pharmacies and Physicians

A federal judge denied motions to remand in multiple Fen-phen product liability actions on grounds that the plaintiffs fraudulently joined pharmacies, sales representatives and physicians in an effort to defeat diversity jurisdiction.


Complete Diversity and Damages in Excess of Jurisdictional Limit Prompt Removal of Prempro Case

The makers of Prempro have removed a case involving an Illinois woman who claims that she developed lumps in her breast as a result of ingesting Prempro.


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